Take, for example, the upcoming reboot of Gossip Girl. There was a time when it seemed like this was going to be a cornerstone in HBO Max’s lineup for 2020 — unfortunately, it now seems like we’re going to be stuck waiting for a good while. How long? Think in terms of 2021.
In a new interview with Vulture, the streaming service’s chief content officer Kevin Reilly had the following to say on the subject:
“They hadn’t even started production yet; they were in pre-production and ready to roll … Things that would have been really meaningful and high profile have gotten pushed back.”
Will the Gossip Girl reboot be worthwhile? If it turns out great, then absolutely — yet, from the get-go it’s been clear that this is a show with a high-risk/high-reward quality to it. It’s very much obvious that it could end up being some sort of great homage to the original, catered more to a modern audience. Yet, simultaneously there is a real risk that this show turns out being some sort of a letdown just because the original is so beloved. Hopefully, it will incorporate just enough to keep nostalgic fans watching … while also still providing something new so it doesn’t feel like we’re watching something that we’ve seen a number of times already. One of the most important things to remember is that the original wasn’t necessarily a big mainstream hit — it was instead more about just appealing to a particular audience.
We don’t expect a premiere date on this for some time — patience is going to be a virtue, since the safety of everyone involved here clearly has to matter more so than anything else.
Do you still want to see the Gossip Girl reboot, or had you forgotten that it is even happening?
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